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Professor of Modern Literature, University of East Anglia

Anshuman Mondal is a Reader in English, specialising in post-colonial studies. He joined Brunel in 2006 for the second time, having begun his career here in 2000 as a temporary Lecturer, before moving to a permanent post at the University of Leicester from 2002-6.

He is the author of Nationalism and Post-Colonial Identity: Culture and Ideology in India and Egypt (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), Amitav Ghosh (Manchester University Press, 2007), and Young British Muslim Voices, an account of his journey across the UK talking to young Muslims. His latest book is Islam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech after Rushdie (Palgrave, 2014).

In 2004, Anshuman led an international project on 'Faith and Secularism' sponsored by Counterpoint, the cultural relations think-tank of the British Council, and wrote the Introduction to the pamphlet Faith and Secularism, part of the Birthday Counterpoint series, which was published by the British Council to mark its 70th anniversary. He has also published journalism in the leading current affairs magazine Prospect, and also The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’. He also writes a current affairs blog called Human Zoo (

In 2014, Anshuman was appointed Chair of the Postcolonial Studies Association.


  • 2016–present
    Professor in Modern Literature, University of East Anglia